RATING: another incredible installment (4.5) // AMAZON
PAGES: 519 PAGES | PUBLISHER: SIMON & SCHUSTER
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
To be honest I’m not the biggest fan of the ToG covers. Although I do like the typography of the title, which gives off an ancient and regal vibe. The arc of fire is cool too since Aelin is able to control fire, and the gray scheme goes well the the overall arc of the book since war is looming in their future.
Wow. Just wow. Sarah J. Maas has created another incredible installment in the Throne of Glass series.
Before starting Empire of Storms, I would recommend rereading the series or even just Queen of Shadows. You’re instantly thrown back into the world of Throne of Glass, so I found the beginning to be a bit slow because my mind was trying to remember all the characters.
Sidenote: If you haven’t already read The Assassin’s Blade, I would highly recommend picking it up to get a better understanding of some of the characters and story.
In Empire of Storms, Aelin is trying to rebuild her court while fighting the threat of Erawan and Queen Meave. We are able to delve even deeper into the world Maas has created, and learn more about the horde of characters she has introduced to us. While Empire of Storms delivers the expected action, romance, adventure, frustration, and bewilderment, what stood out to me was my grown interest in each individual character. In Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows I begrudgingly read chapters that weren’t directly associated to Celaena/Aelin. Chapters from Manon’s POV never really interested me, but in Empire of Storms I became invested in each character’s own plotline.